London on a Budget!
London. The city is known around the world and famous for its landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London to name but a few. Along with the landmarks you'll find plenty of British culture there too from red telephone boxes to the royal guards. There is plenty to do in London but by no means is it the cheapest place to visit BUT I'm going to share with you my top tips and tricks for visiting the UK capital on a budget, including some things to do for FREE!
London is a big city, so to cover all the ground and get from place to place I would recommend using the great public transport links. Driving in the capital is costly, not only with the congestion charge which must be paid to drive within the city, but also the price of parking is very high. Additionally the roads can become very congested at peak times which can just lead to time wasted sat in traffic.
London's famous underground is a great way of getting across the city and most lines have a train every few minutes.
Underground Top Tips!
The best way to pay for your journeys on the underground is to use either an Oyster card or a contactless credit/debit card to swipe in and out of the tube stations. This will always give you the cheapest fare for your journey(s), and usually works out cheaper than buying a day ticket!
If you find the tube maps and connections confusing there are lots of apps available to help you plan your journey and they usually work offline too.If you prefer to travel above ground you can use your Oyster card on the famous red London buses too!
FREE Things to Do!
The British Museum
As well as stunning architecture both inside and out, the British museum is home to some of the most famous historical artifacts in the world, including the Rosetta Stone for example. History fans can easily spend a few hours here engrossed in wondrous relics of ancient civilizations, and the best part is that there is no entrance fee to see the permanent collection!
Other Free Museums and Galleries
Along with the British Museum there is a whole host of other cultural wonders to be seen for free. Some of my favourites include the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. My favourite galleries to wonder around and get immersed in include the Tate Britain, the Tate Modern, the National Portrait Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery.
Bargains at Camden Market
One of the undeniable capitals of cool within London, Camden has a lot to shout about. From eclectic clothing to delicious street food it's no wonder so many of you said you love this place when I posted the picture on Instagram!
I've included Camden on my 'London on a Budget' list for a few reasons. Firstly as far as shopping goes you can always find a bargain of some sort in Camden Market. Whether you're looking for something handmade and individual for a souvenir or a trendy new outfit, for the most part the stalls are reasonably priced. Also look out for the second hand book stores where you can find some absolute bargains such as this little gem I stumbled across:
pretty cool right? ;)
Secondly, the street food in Camden Lock is beyond belief and there is so much choice. If the smell doesn't pull you in the sight of all the hot fresh food will! What's more is that this type of food will put far less of a dent in your wallet than going to a restaurant in London, with most dishes being under £10 it's a great opportunity to try something new and enjoy it in the cool surroundings of Camden, maybe even in a deckchair!
So that was my mini guide to London on a budget! I hope you found it useful and if you have any questions or suggestions of your own please leave a comment below! :)